Supporting breastfeeding in our communitiesJul 31, 2023
Breastfeeding is one of the best investments in the early stages of a child’s life. On World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), Mid North Coast Local Health District is highlighting the support on hand in the local area.
For some women, breastfeeding is challenging. It takes time and practice for most mothers and babies to learn the skills needed. It’s vital our communities have support networks that empower mothers to breastfeed successfully.
Partners, families, healthcare providers, and communities all play a crucial role in creating a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers, ensuring they have the resources, education, and encouragement they need to thrive.
At local Child and Family Health and Community Health Centres and hospitals, lactation services and consultants can help with breastfeeding challenges.
A lactation consultant can advise on breastfeeding, help position your baby, prevent most breastfeeding concerns, help with feeding premature babies or those with special needs, and find solutions if breastfeeding is uncomfortable or not working well.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association is a great source of information on breastfeeding and offers free support anytime. The Breastfeeding Helpline can be contacted by phone on 1800 686 268, or you can visit www.breastfeeding.asn.au
The website also has resources for workplaces, businesses and communities to enable breastfeeding mothers to feel welcome and supported. There are also resources and information on why breastfeeding should continue when returning to work and creating a breastfeeding and work plan.